Government funding bill passes, key provisions for Pa. district

Rep. Ryan Costello voted to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act legislation to fund the government, as it included multiple provisions beneficial for Pennsylvania's sixth congressional district. 

  • An additional four-year authorization of CHIP
  • Extends and increases mandatory funding for fedearlly qualified health centers or community health centers, from $3.6 billion per year to $3.8 billion for fiscal year 2018 and $4 billion for fiscal year 2019
  • $6 billion to fight opioid epidemic
  • $300 million for special diabetes program, which Rep. Costello voted to fund last year
  • $2 billion for National Institutes of Health
  • $4 billion to reduce healthcare maintenance backlog at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

“I have heard from constituents about the importance of each of these programs, and many others included in this bill, to their families and communities, and I was pleased to vote for it,” said Rep. Costello in a news release. 

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